Puppy love

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For 2016, I have decided to deliberately seek and find at least one thing of beauty every day. Of course, my boys could be featured every day, but that would be too easy.

I invite ya’ll over to SuperSparklyMe.com to follow along and even to join in on the conversation and sharing on Facebook.

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Best. Medicine. Ever.

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Wow, I cannot believe I missed the entire summer. Those folks who are really observant will notice that my hair in the above photo is barely there. All spring I had not been feeling very well, mostly just drained and had no energy. I needed more and more naps in the afternoon. I had a swollen lymph node on my neck and a dry cough that wouldn’t go away since, like, December. Well, by mid-July, my temperature was spiking to 102, 103 and even 104 degrees, being brought down temporarily by a constant supply of aspirin. And everybody knows that can’t be good.

After nearly a month in the hospital, I received a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – which thankfully is 90% – 95% curable. Heaven knows there are much worse cancers or diseases one can have. Four days after my birthday in August, I had my first chemo treatment and like Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, who was diagnosed with the same cancer almost a year ago, my expected treatment time is relatively short: six or seven months. God is good that I’ve got something curable and short-lived.

All through my extensive napping this past spring and summer, Rico has been glued to my side and lettering in varsity napping. Of course, Nemo is a professional, but for an active pup like Rico, putting the breaks on, curling up next to me every time he comes over, even not getting up when the other dogs go outside, this was a huge bonding commitment on his part. He’s almost ready to go pro.

I love this picture of him curled up on the pillow next to me, which I’ve often described to folks about his cuddliness, but hadn’t been able to get a good picture of before he’d move. Every night he spends with me, this is how we start off. Can you say, “puppy love”?

Dolphin watching

Nemo was quite attentive to the family of dolphins feeding in the marina at Caladesi Island State Park.

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Ooops

Getting off the boat the other night, Nemo jumped down onto the pier as usual, until for some strange reason he didn’t walk a straight line off the finger pier and his back leg went off the side of the dock. This had the unfortunate effect of him dropping backward, dog butt first into the water. He was embarrassed by the time we fished him out to say the least and pouted for quite awhile after we got home. My poor, silly dog.

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Tail wagging good time

Nemo is half Black Lab and half Great Dane. His head looks very Lab-like, but those claw feet and most of his behavior patterns are all Dane. In dog shows, Labrador Retrievers are to demonstrate their rudder-like tails wagging at all times, because that is a Lab trait. Nemo’s tail rarely wags unless he wants something, but on our weekend out at Caladesi Island recently, he splished and splashed around in a quiet cove for nearly three hours. He had a grand time as evidenced by the latent perpetually-wagging-tail Lab genes that showed up. #LuvMyBigGoobieDog